Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Communities

Below is a list of organisations who provide services for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (GLBTI) communities.

Gays and Lesbians at Hornsby (GAL@H)

For over ten years, GAL@H (Gays and Lesbians at Hornsby) was a social, support and education group for young people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, as well as young people who are questioning their sexuality. It provided a confidential, safe and supportive space where young people could meet other young people and talk about issues of sexuality, coming out, safer sex, relationships and heaps more.

Although not meeting on a regular basis at the moment, young people (as well as parents, carers and community workers) are still able to contact Council for information and referral advice.

For more information, please contact Hornsby Council's Community Development Officer, Sue Downing on 9847 6889 or 0438 290 285 or sdowning@hornsby.nsw.gov.au.

Twenty10

Twenty10 is a community-based, not-for-profit organisation that provides and promotes opportunities, choices and support to young people under the age of 26 who are gay, lesbian, transgender, same-sex attracted and/or questioning their gender. 

Twenty10 also provides support to their families and communities.

The Inner City Legal Centre (ICLC)

The Inner City Legal Centre (ICLC) is a non-profit, community-based legal centre which provides specialist free legal advice covering discrimination, apprehended violence orders, criminal matters, debt/credit, employment, family law, and victim's compensation for anyone who is lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI) anywhere in NSW. 

The Centre provides assistance to the residents of the Ku-ring-gai as there is no community legal centre operating in this municipality.

ICLC also runs a specialist project called the Safe Relationships Project. Their aim is to provide support, advocacy, referral and information to men and women, intersex people, transgender and transexual people, who are experiencing domestic violence.  

For more information contact iclc@iclc.org.au  or  9332 1966 /1800 244 481.

Read more about Inner City Legal Centre

Read more about the Safe Relationships Project

Parents and Friends of Lesbian and Gay People (PFLAG)

PFLAG is a not-for-profit voluntary organisation that supports and provides information to families and friends of gay and lesbian people. Services include:
  • Monthly support meetings to discuss members' issues and concerns, sometimes with guest speakers who are experts in their field
  • Provides a safe, friendly place where members can talk freely and confidentially
  • Maintains a library of books, videos, pamphlets and articles to help educate others on GLBT issues
  • Publishes a monthly newsletter and provides an information telephone line

Rainbow Babies and Kids (RBK)

Rainbow Babies and Kids (RBK) was established in 1998 by a small group of lesbian mums who wanted to ensure the existence of a peer group for their children. They now have a membership of more than 1000 members and work Australia wide, although they are predominately based in NSW.

RBK is a support/social/advocacy group for gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual, queer and otherwise rainbow parents/carers and their kids, surrogates and donors.

Currently, rainbow kids and families are feeling particularly vulnerable. Incidence rates of bullying, depression, self-harm and suicide are on the increase in our community. Kids who are gender or sexuality diverse or parented by adults who are diverse are in the front line of a national debate that is at best homophobic and marginalising.

For more information please email RBK at rbkcamping@gmail.com.

Come Out Australia

Come Out Australia is primarily a social network which supports and advocates for the GLBT community through social events, activities and projects. Come Out also provides a network of branches across Sydney and contacts nationwide.
For assistance and information about Come Out Australia please see Dr Clare Gabrial's website

Aids Council of NSW (ACON)

ACON promotes the overall health and wellbeing of the GLBT community and works in the following key areas:
  • HIV prevention and education campaigns
  • Assists people living with HIV
  • Develops policy across a wide range of HIV-related issues 

ACON also covers health issues such as: 

  • Sexual health 
  • Mental health 
  • Lesbian health 
  • Alcohol and other drugs 
  • Anti-violence 
  • Youth 
  • Ageing 
  • Community care 
  • Advocacy 

Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service (GLCS)

A volunteer-based community service providing free, anonymous and confidential telephone counselling, information and referral services and support groups for the GLBT community. Service areas include:
  • Telephone Counselling -Volunteer Telephone Counsellors provide free, confidential and anonymous counselling over the phone.  
  • Men's Coming Out Group -This group currently meets on Wednesday evenings in Newtown. It is an open group for men who want to explore issues around their sexuality and coming out.
  • Women's Coming Out Group- This group currently meets every second and fourth Thursday evening in Newtown. It is an open group for women who want to explore issues around their sexuality and coming out. 

Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (GLRL)

GLRL advocates on behalf of lesbians and gay men. They provide referral and educational resources to the media, policy makers and community on issues such as recognising gay/lesbian relationships, parenting and adoption rights, workplace discrimination, age of consent and homophobic violence. 

Key areas that GLRL is involved in include:

  • Lobbying  politicians, government departments, policy makers and the media to redress discrimination against lesbians and gay men
  • Represents the gay and lesbian community at the local, state and national level through statewide consultations
  • Educates the gay and lesbian community on how to activate their rights
  • Provides a referral service
  • Empowers the community to take action in the push for equality
  • Runs volunteer working groups which organise campaigns and events highlight equality issues

OII Australia 

Australian affiliate of Organisation International des Intersexués - the only worldwide organisation of intersex people. 

OII is devoted to systemic change to end the fear, shame, secrecy and stigma experienced by intersex people through the practice of non-consensual normalisation treatments for those born with atypical anatomy and the arbitrary assignment of a particular gender without an informed consultation with the individual concerned.

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